The Planning Committee

If you wish to contact the planning committee, please email

Executive Director

Steven Wett

Steve is a senior at St. Olaf College majoring in Chemistry, and currently doing neuroscience research. Last Fall semester he studied neuroscience in Denmark and keeps the field of medicine a possibility. He is also working part-time at 3M in the Abrasives Systems Division, in a lab. Some of his hobbies include digital design and photography, as well as adventuring the outdoors. In his free time he enjoys backpacking in the mountains, traveling, and staying active.

Speaker Liaison

Emma Ritter

Emma is a senior English and Philosophy major at St. Olaf College with a concentration in Management Studies. In addition to her role as Speaker Liaison for STO Talks, Emma plays viola in the St. Olaf Orchestra, of which she is the assistant manager, and works as a Writing Consultant at the Writing Help Desk. Emma spent the summer attending a business institute through Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, learning business strategies to complement her passion for social innovation. This January, she will work as a business analyst for a biotech company in Bergen, Norway. When not busy, Emma enjoys hiking, playing in string quartets, and drinking tea.

Volunteer Coordinator

Tess Halac


Director of Marketing & Communications

Emily Hoar

Emily is a junior at St. Olaf College where she is majoring in English with a concentration in Film. In addition to STO Talks, Emily works as an intern in St. Olaf’s I.T. department. In her free time she enjoys film-making and photography. She is looking forward to her first international trip this summer with her family.


Associate Director

Jordan Lutter